Reader Tom McKusick responds to Drink a craft cocktail while you mini-golf at St. Paul's Can Can Wonderland:
Tori Ramen didn't take over the "vacant" Lee’s N Dee’s Bar-B-Que. Lee was forced out -- after 29 years -- by the building owner who wanted to renovate the property and attract tenants paying higher rents.
As soon as Lee left the rehab began for the new restaurant. So it's not like Lee failed and left a vacancy that Tori filled. The result? We now have another trendy spot to get ramen.
I love ramen, but amid all the breathless gushing over Tori I hope someone other than me will mourn the passing of a truly original place like Lee's.
If you ever went there, especially if you dined in, you knew that you would have to travel many hundreds of miles south to find anything equivalent. No pretense, no marketing whatsoever--none of the BBQ bragging that seems to be the hallmark of every place nowadays.
I stopped the week before Lee closed to have catfish and wings one more time, and Lee was hopeful he could reopen in a different location.
I hope so, but something tells me that this is just another permanent restaurant closing, except one that won't be elegized by the food press.